By Nico Regoli
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Nearly three years since the first “The Avengers” film premiered, producer Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon reunite “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” to save the world from mass destruction once again, in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
On Oct. 22, 2014, the official teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ newest Avengers film was released to the public. Within 11 seconds, millions of ears across the globe were treated to James Spader’s voice, powerfully proclaiming through the villain Ultron, “I’m gonna show you something beautiful.” He wasn’t lying. For two minutes and 16 seconds, fans witnessed the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in a state of chaos and rubble, and the protagonists shaken to their cores, accompanied by a bone-chilling rendition of Pinocchio’s “I’ve Got No Strings.”
After many trailers, television spots, and press events later, the wait is over. On May 1 (April 30 for early screenings at the Pittsburgh Mills), the Age of Ultron begins.
Considered to be the masters of film continuity, Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon have brought the band back together, and more, for another Marvel-ous adventure. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) are back, and this time the Avengers face Ultron.
Introduced in a 1968 comic, as a creation of the first Ant-Man (Hank Pym), Ultron is a robot with artificial intelligence that learns to resent humanity, and ironically develops its worst qualities. Filled with rage, Ultron betrays his “father,” Robert Downey Jr.’s, Tony Stark, and attempts to extinguish mankind, and its flaws, looking to remake Earth in his own image.
Adding to the Avengers’ troubles, the threat of Hydra still lurks. Scientist, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), from last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is in possession of Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) scepter from the first Avengers film, and is experimenting with “powered humans.”
Among Strucker’s test subjects are the Maximoff twin “miracles,” Pietro and Wanda, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen). The question remains however, whose side are our miracles really on?
Making things more interesting, and slightly more complicated, is the introduction of the density-manipulating android, The Vision (Paul Bettany). Although created by Ultron in the comics, not much is known about this cinematic interpretation of the beloved android, leaving a lot of questions from fans to be answered on May 1.
Penn State New Kensington sophomore Biology student, April Clark, states her love of the Avengers blossomed from being a “huge fan of the Iron Man movies,” and that she is “really looking forward to seeing how they (Feige and Whedon) pull the Avengers back together in this movie.”
Movie buff, Joaquim Atayi is hoping to see Hulk be “let off the leash,“ and “go crazy.” He also hopes to see Hulk “use Loki as a ragdoll again,” referencing a favorite scene of his from the first Avengers film.
Freshman, Derrek Koblinsky, who has not seen a Marvel Studios film before, and admits he has “never been a comic reader,” is looking forward to simply seeing a good movie. He says, “I’m going in to see the movie, and I’m going to tell you how I liked it based on the movie.”
Meanwhile, other students had the future of the widely interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe in mind. Longtime comic book reader, Rachel Lojas, a junior at Penn State New Kensington, is very excited to see Thor return, and is curious about how Age of Ultron will set up his next solo film, Thor: Ragnarok, premiering in Nov. of 2017. Lojas feels that the first film “didn’t do him (Thor) much justice, the second one was impeccable, and then this third one, I hope just blows it out of the water.”
With so many questions, so much anticipation, and only so few days left of waiting, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is shaping up to be one of the best films of 2015. To any moviegoers who are looking for a good time, assemble with the Avengers on May 1, and watch “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” hit another cinematic homerun.